AKRON

Art museum names

experience officer

The Akron Art Museum on Friday announced the appointment of Seema Rao to its leadership team in the newly developed role of senior experience officer.

Rao brings nearly 20 years of museum experience with a background in interpretation, programming and digital content development for all audiences, the museum said in a news release.

In her 17 years at the Cleveland Museum of Art, she led research and content development for many digital projects. In serving as the museum’s access specialist, developing community engagement programming and creating teen programming, Rao worked to include new audiences.

Rao, who will begin at the Akron Art Museum on June 10, will lead efforts to further integrate digital technology and reimagine the art museum through the lens of the visitor experience. She will also have roles in the museum's diversity, inclusion, accessibility and equity initiatives and developing its public programs, communication and internal policies.

Rao has served as the keynote speaker for national conferences and has written two books, "Objective Lessons: Self-Care for Museum Professionals" and "Change at Work: Not Just Surviving but Thriving," among her extensive published work. She received a Master of Arts degree in Art History from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland and a Master’s degree in Information Science and User Experience Design. Rao also sits on the board of Ohio Museums Association.

 

Summit Lake party

includes roller skating

The Fourth Annual Summit Lake Block Party will feature roller skating at the corner of Edison Avenue and Long Street from 3 to 7 p.m. May 26.

Skates are available for those who don't bring their own. All are welcome.

The festivities include a potluck meal, music and basketball.

For more information or to volunteer, please contact Stephanie “Leo” Leonardi at 330-808-2531 or freshfreshy@yahoo.com.

 

RITTMAN

Speaker named

for Memorial Day

The Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery will honor the nation's fallen heroes May 26 with Gold Star Mother Christine Runkle delivering the keynote address at its Memorial Day ceremony.

The program begins at noon at the cemetery rostrum.

Parking will be coordinated by local law enforcement and cemetery staff.

Those attending are encouraged to arrive early and bring folding chairs and umbrellas.

For information, contact Mark Polen at 330-335-3069.

 

SUMMIT COUNTY

Children Services

salutes contributions

Summit County Children Services honored its 2019 "Champions for Children" award recipients 2019 at its 10th annual Community Appreciation Breakfast.

Volunteers, businesses, organizations and community leaders were recognized for their support of the agency and the children and families it serves.

Honorees included:

• Community Partner recipient Gerald Craig, executive director of the Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board.

• Donor/Volunteer recipient Renee Welsch, an accomplished gospel singer, former foster parent and adoptive parent.

• Duvall Detective of the Year recipient Detective Daniel Lance, Bath Township Police.

• Duvall Outstanding Service recipient Brian Stano, assistant prosecutor with the Summit County prosecutor’s office.

• Poster/Slogan Creative Contest winner Andrew Rasmussen, fifth-grader at St. Hilary School in Fairlawn.

In addition, two families and a youth were presented with Family and Youth Achievement Awards for overcoming obstacles in their lives and rising beyond the challenges they have faced. The youth recipient was recognized for his personal achievements including being awarded the Sullivan Deckard Scholarship to Cleveland State University.

 

STATEWIDE

Troopers to promote

safety belt awareness

Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers are conducting their annual "Click It or Ticket" safety belt awareness campaign through June 2.

Troopers will be encouraging drivers and passengers on Ohio’s roads to wear their safety belts.

In 2018, Ohio’s observed safety belt usage rate was 84.9 percent, a small increase from 2017 when the rate was 82.8 percent. However, Ohio is still below the national average rate of 89.6 percent. In the last two years, 1,326 motor vehicle occupants were killed in crashes where a safety belt was available but not in use, according to the state patrol. Another 6,021 of those occupants were seriously injured.

“There is no disputing that buckling up saves lives,” said Lt. Antonio Matos, Akron Post commander. “We want everyone on the road to get home safe, that’s why it’s important to buckle up every trip, every time.”

Last year, 121,019 people were cited for driving or riding in a passenger vehicle without wearing a safety belt.